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Kirkcaldy, Dysart, West Wemyss, East Wemyss and Leven

Photos taken during a walk along the shore from Kirkcaldy to Dysart, West Wemyss, East Wemyss and Leven on 20th May, 1999.


Kela Radcliffe at Abbeymount, Edinburgh, on 20th May, 1999.


The last small fragment of Kirkcaldy's once-huge linoleum-manufacturing industry stands derelict by Victoria Road, 20th May, 1999. Until around 1980, when most of the factories in the Pathhead area were demolished, the road here was hemmed in on both sides by massive industrial buildings, and passing between them was like passing through a deep, dark canyon.


A view from near the top of The Path towards the centre of Kirkcaldy on 20th May, 1999.


Some handy guidance on local pronunciation seen at the top of The Path, 20th May, 1999.


A view from the seaward side of Nether Street towards Pathhead Sands and the Firth of Forth on 20th May, 1999.


A view towards Ravenscraig Castle and the Firth of Forth from Nether Street on 20th May, 1999.


The view towards the Pathhead Burial Ground and Ravenscraig Castle from Nether Street on 20th May, 1999.


The long flight of steps that leads down from Nether Street to Pathhead Sands, 20th May, 1999. Throughout his childhood, my father lived in a house near the top of these steps, on the opposite side of Nether Street, and my grandmother often brought me here when I was wee too, no doubt for reasons of nostalgia.


Ravenscraig Castle viewed from Pathhead Sands, Kirkcaldy, 20th May, 1999. It was only quite recently that I realised that this tower isn't the whole castle, but just one corner of the original building.


A view along the shore at Ravenscraig towards Dysart on 20th May, 1999.


A view towards Ravenscraig Castle from the shore below Ravenscraig Park on 20th May, 1999.


A view towards Ravenscraig Castle from the shore below Ravenscraig Park on 20th May, 1999.


A view along the shore below Ravenscraig Park towards Ravenscraig Castle on 20th May, 1999.


A view from Ravenscraig Park across the Firth of Forth towards Inchkeith, Arthur's Seat and the Pentland Hills on 20th May, 1999.


View from the place on the shore below Ravenscraig Park known by my grandmother as 'the back o' the aisler' (from Old French for ashlar, i.e. dressed-stone wall) towards the piers of Dysart Harbour, 20th May, 1999.


The entrance to the short tunnel that leads from the shore by Ravenscraig Park to Dysart Harbour, 20th May, 1999.


Boats in Dysart Harbour viewed from the passageway beneath the promontory between Ravenscraig Park and the harbour, 20th May, 1999.


View along the south pier at Dysart Harbour, 20th May, 1999.


View over Dysart Harbour from the west pier towards the harbourmaster's house, St. Serf's Tower and Pan Ha', 20th May, 1999.


Boats in the harbour at Dysart, 20th May, 1999.


The high cliff that encloses the south side of the inner harbour at Dysart, with trees in Ravenscraig Park above, 20th May, 1999.


The harbourmaster's house at Dysart Harbour standing empty and boarded-up on 20th May, 1999.


St. Serf's Tower viewed between the restored old houses at Pan Ha' by the shore at Dysart, 20th May, 1999.


View from the Dubbie Braes, Dysart, along the coast towards West Wemyss, 20th May, 1999. Thousands of tons of coalmining waste were dumped by the Frances Colliery into the sea at this point, burying a small settlement which once existed here. The bing has now been swept away by the dramatic sea-erosion which has occurred all along the coast between Kirkcaldy and Buckhaven, and which has once again exposed the rocks on the shore here.


The winding gear of the former Frances Colliery, otherwise known as The Dubbie Pit, at Dysart, stands devoid of its surrounding pit-head structures, 20th May, 1999.


The winding gear of the former Frances Colliery, otherwise known as The Dubbie Pit, at Dysart, seen on 20th May, 1999.


View from Blair Point, near Dysart, along the coast to West Wemyss, 20th May, 1999.


View from Blair Point, near Dysart, along the coast to West Wemyss, 20th May, 1999.


View along the shore from near Blair Point to West Wemyss, 20th May, 1999.


The west tower of St. Mary's Chapel Garden by the shore near West Wemyss, Fife, 20th May, 1999. According to Historic Scotland's register of listed buildings, this structure existed in the early 1500s, and may be even older than that.


The east tower of St. Mary's Chapel Garden by the shore near West Wemyss, Fife, 20th May, 1999.


The approach to West Wemyss, Fife, from the path along the shore from Dysart, 20th May, 1999.


Lobster creels near West Wemyss, Fife, 20th May, 1999.


Buildings at the west end of West Wemyss, Fife, including the Belvedere Hotel (white building, uppermost), viewed from the infilled site of the inner harbour, 20th May, 1999.


Eastward view towards Main Street, West Wemyss, Fife, from the infilled site of the inner harbour, 20th May, 1999.


Eastward view along Main Street, West Wemyss, towards the Tolbooth Tower, 20th May, 1999.


A teasel plant seen by the shore near East Wemyss, Fife, 20th May, 1999.


The rather unpicturesque approach along the shore to East Wemyss, Fife, viewed from the site of the Michael Colliery, 20th May, 1999. The sea-erosion which has occurred all along the coast from Kirkcaldy to Buckhaven is particularly apparent here: the shoreline had retreated by hundreds of feet since 1993 when I lived there, and boulders were being laid down on the shore in preparation for the construction of sea-defences.


Eastward view along the shore at East Wemyss near the flat at Kingslaw in which I lived during 1992. The street was prone to flooding and the foundations of my flat were inundated with water on several occasions during my time there, but when I took this photo on 20th May, 1999, the sea had encroached dozens - perhaps hundreds - of yards closer to the houses due to rapid coastal erosion, hence the boulders dumped on the shore.


Westward view along High Road, East Wemyss, Fife, 20th May, 1999.


A southward view from the Bawbee Brig towards Methil Power Station on 20th May, 1999. The Leven Dock Railway latterly carried coal-slurry traffic for the power station. Lines formerly crossed the River Leven to serve Methil Docks and connected with the Wemyss & Buckhaven Railway at Innerleven.


A northward view from the Bawbee Brig along the River Leven and the adjacent Leven Dock Railway, then in use for coal-slurry traffic to Methil Power Station, on 20th May, 1999.


The avenue of copper beech trees that leads to Kirkcaldy Museum, Art Gallery and Public Library, 20th May, 1999.


Azaleas in full bloom create a blaze of colour in the war memorial gardens, Kirkcaldy, Fife, 20th May, 1999.
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